Engineering - Advanced Learner Loans


Industry Insight

Engineering contributes 26% of the UK’s GDP – more than that of retail, wholesale, financial, and insurance sectors combined! In 2015, engineering contributed £486 billion to the UK’s GDP.

Key employment statistics

  • 80% of engineering enterprises have 4 or fewer employees
  • 52% of employees work in an enterprise with 100 or more people
  • 42% of employees work in an enterprise with 250 or more people
  • 5.7 million employees work for an engineering enterprise, representing 19% of total UK employment.

But not everyone working for a registered engineering enterprise is necessarily an engineer themselves. 1.74 jobs are supported by every person employed in engineering (a multiplier effect of 2.74).

In Q2 2017, there were an estimated 48,000 female engineers compared to just over 400,000 male engineers in the UK. This means that women comprise approximately 11% of the total working in engineering professions in the UK.

The same quarter of 2011 estimated that only 6% of engineers were women, so the past few years alone have seen an increase in female engineers.

The Future of Engineering

Technology and engineering are evolving quickly and Britain needs to keep up with the increasing demand for new infrastructure and highly skilled jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths).

UK Rail Infrastructure

  • 31,046km of rail track
  • 5,766km of rail track Electrification
  • 2,563 mainline train stations in Britain
  • 19.6 years is the average age of franchised operators rolling stock

Current UK Rail projects

  • HS2 is the new railway that will be the backbone of Britain’s transport network. Learn more about the project and HS2 Ltd, the company building it.
  • Network Rail’s CP6 plan covers the whole of the UK and focuses on four key responsibilities – to run a safe, reliable, efficient and growing railway. Some of the headline numbers of the CP6 plan include 7,000 new carriages by 2021 that will provide over 6,400 new services.

Pathway Group Courses Available

 This qualification has been developed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge and related practical skills in a range of engineering subjects, along with practical experience and expectations of the situations that they could face in an engineering job role.

The Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and Technology has been specifically designed for learners pursuing a career in the engineering sector, including occupations and job roles such as maintenance engineer, mechanical engineer, welder and/or fabricator, and electrical and/or electronic engineer. The qualification may also be suitable for other learners, including adults, who are interested in engineering technology and/or are considering a career change.

The qualification does not require evidence of occupational competence in the workplace. However, the units of the qualification have been derived from the relevant National Occupational Standards and so contribute to developing the skills and knowledge that have been identified to operate effectively in job roles within the Engineering Sector.

This qualification has two mandatory units, which provides learners with an understanding of engineering environmental health and safety and organisational efficiency and improvement and eighty eight optional units.

Railway Infrastructure:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Track Engineering
  • Track Maintenance
  • Overhead Line Equipment Construction
  • Function and Characteristics of Railway Signalling Systems
  • Railway Signalling Systems Testing and Maintenance

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners must be at least 16 years of age and have the potential to achieve all aspects of the qualification. In particular, learners should be able to demonstrate that they have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy required to comply with the health and safety aspects of the scheme, the completion of the learning outcomes, and the assessments.

How is this qualification delivered?

The qualification can be delivered using a combination of practical workshops and theory sessions.

How is this qualification assessed?

Assessment includes externally set and marked examinations, Centre marked practical and/or theory assessments, and a final cross-unit synoptic assessment.

Career Advice & Job Profiles

Rail track maintenance worker

Rail track maintenance workers inspect and repair railway tracks, bridges, tunnels and viaducts.

  • Average salary: £18,000 Starter – £34,000 Experienced
  • Typical hours: 45 to 47 a week
  • You could work: Evenings / Weekends / Bank holidays